Didsbury Arts Festival

Didsbury Arts festival is a volunteer led multi arts festival celebrating creative culture in Didsbury, through working with local, national and international artists. 

We are a biennial festival. The next edition will take place from 24th June - 2nd July 2017. The festival theme will be Roots. If you would like to join the 2017 team, please get in touch.


MIRO - Manchester International Roots Orchestra

Emmanuel Church, 6 Barlow Moor Road, Manchester, M20 6TR

‘It’s like the whole world is here in one room, and you don't need a flight ticket to see it.’

The Manchester International Roots Orchestra (MIRO) is a unique ensemble of musicians and music students from RNCM with roots from across the world. Its repertoire skilfully combines diverse musical influences from haunting Eastern European melodies, through the delicate textures of Middle Eastern percussion and vocals, to soulful Sufi chants of South Asia and joyful African gospel, embracing rap, hip-hop, classical and jazz along the way. MIRO is led by Romanian-born double-bass maestro and composer Michael Cretu.


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“From traditional West African songs to new compositions, from a haunting Kurdish solo to a fast rap about dragon taming, the diversity of the material and the talents of every member of the orchestra were stunning. MIRO counts refugees, RNCM students and local and international musicians from all traditions amongst its numbers.” 

From The Edinburgh Reporter for MIRO’s performance at the Edinburgh Festival (2014).



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